Lessons in Finding Happiness During Hard Times

By: Sari Harrar
Submitted by: Michael Maury, UC-San Diego

Feeling good may be the last thing on your mind as the coronavirus pandemic grinds into its sixth month in America. As we struggle to revive after arguably one of the world’s worst health and economic calamities, is even talking about happiness self-absorbed and inappropriate?

Quite the contrary, countless researchers say. Pursuing happiness and, more importantly, finding it, matters more during dark times, says Laurie Santos, a professor of psychology at Yale University. “Happiness gives us the resilience to get through. This is a challenging time because it’s both a physical and mental health crisis. We need to focus on happiness more now, not less.”

Read the full article in AARP.

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